Apr 24


Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes & Sweet Designs {Giveaway!}

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Amy Atlas, the creator of these gorgeous sweet tables, is releasing her first book, Sweet Designs, today. I think it’s easy to see from these photos, just a tiny taste from the book, her work is nothing short of art. Not only is it pretty to look at, it’s chock full of party theme ideas, 100 recipes and over 75 DIY crafts.

I love that she shares tips not only on how to make everything on each table, sweet or otherwise, she shares invaluable tips on how to display items so that your table looks more attractive, so if you’re designing a party Amy hasn’t already shown in her book, you can take that information and use it to design your own. I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried designing a dessert table, and it’s harder than it may seem. Amy has a definite talent for it, and shares all her secrets in her book. (Yay!). She even breaks down where everything is from and shares all her favorite shopping haunts. Sweet Designs is literally a goldmine of information in every way.

If you haven’t found Amy on the web yet, her site is another must-see. I’ve been an admirer of hers for quite some time and I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love when you head over there too.

And…. I’m so happy to be able to share with one of you, a copy of her book in a giveaway (details below), generously provided by Amy! If you simply can’t wait to find out if you’re the lucky winner and want to go ahead and buy her book now, you can find it here.

A few other bloggers and I are also making desserts from Sweet Designs and each sharing a copy of the book; you can find more of the sweet buzz here:


Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes

Making these Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes from the Sweet Designs, Honey I love you, chapter, only made me fall in love with Amy’s work even more. The meringue on these cupcakes was to die for… Light, fluffy, luscious! Just a touch of honey sweetness paired with the chocolate… Oh my sweet goodness!

The best part about making them was using my creme brûlée torch to caramelize the meringue (fun!).

And my kitchen, it smelled like delicious marshmallows toasted over a camp fire.

I piped the meringue using a #12 tip and probably should have made them a little less pyramid-like, and more rounded, like the bee-hives in Amy’s book, but didn’t notice until I had already blow torched them.

Since I already had leftover bees from this post here, I added them to the cupcakes. Amy has the most adorable marzipan ones in her book if you’d like to try them too.

There are so many bee-autiful ideas in this chapter, I can’t even bee-gin (sorry), to share it all with you, so on to the giveaway… Hopefully you win a copy so you can see all the gorgeousness for yourself!

Sweet Designs {Giveaway}!

This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, and the winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org. The contest closes at 7pm on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.


How to Enter

It’s easy!


Two possible ways of winning:




Congratulations to Cheryl, comment #619, for winning a copy of Amy Atlas’ new book, Sweet Designs! I’ll be in touch regarding how to get you your prize!

Thanks to everyone for entering and for your lovely comments!



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  1. Janet
    April 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win!

  2. April 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh pick me!!!!

  3. Cat
    April 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh, yes – I would love to win! Love the idea for the beehive cupcakes, too!

  4. Diana
    April 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I would love, love to have this book!

  5. barb
    April 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    i need this book

  6. April 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    We’re always looking for fresh fun ideas to use in our cupcake shop. And today I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon your Youtube channel. Even though we specialize in custom cupcakes, using mostly fondant and sugar paste, I can’t wait to make your sugar cookies with royal icing decorations.

    PS-I’ll be adding the Sweet Designs book to my library! And plan to purchase the book when I finish this message. Thanks for the inspiration!!!


  7. Jessika
    April 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    How cute are those cupcakes!!! I would love to win your book. It looks amazing!

  8. Cara
    April 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I would love to win!

  9. Naru
    April 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    i would love to win! ^^ post tweeted~

  10. April 27, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win 🙂

  11. April 27, 2012 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win!

  12. Trish
    April 27, 2012 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this book.

  13. Will
    April 27, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    My wife loves her

  14. caryn grant
    April 27, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I would soooo love to win this book!!!

  15. tara
    April 27, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    hi…i would love to win this book.

  16. Anna
    April 27, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win!

  17. April 27, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I would like to win. Looks like a fantastically inspiring book!

  18. Iria
    April 27, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I am new at the baking and cookie decorating world but I absolutely love it,I am here to stay. I would love to win!

  19. ashley e
    April 27, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Heather
    April 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  21. virginia ogilvie
    April 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I would love to win!!!

  22. Cynthia
    April 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to win…Thank YOU for making this give-a-way possible!

  23. Krista
    April 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win 🙂

  24. Esther
    April 27, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win such a fabulous book….and I think your tall(er) beehives look great! 🙂

  25. Jennifer Alexander
    April 27, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Tinesha
    April 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I want to win Amy’s book!

  27. April 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I would love to win the book, since I am fan of her blog forever. Really great stuff!

  28. Wanda
    April 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this book…I would use it a lot.

  29. Stacy
    April 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win this great book!

  30. Chatelaine
    April 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    oh I’d LOVE to win 🙂

  31. Shawna
    April 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I would love a copy of Amy’s amazing book! Thanks.

  32. Paige
    April 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    LOVE these cupcakes! It’s totally inspired me to look at doing a birthday party with a Bee/Honey theme! The book would be great to win!

  33. Annalise N.
    April 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this book!

  34. Annalise N.
    April 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I retweeted!

  35. Jamie Klein
    April 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Would LOVE to win this, but either way I must have this book!

  36. April 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this book. It seems perfect for a dessert lover like me! I’m trying to learn how to bake and whenever I make something it’s almost always a dessert.

  37. Kandus
    April 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I would live to win and the first is my sons 2nd birthday!! Love these do much!! Thx!

  38. Natalie
    April 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win! Thanks!

  39. Natalie
    April 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I retweeted! 🙂

  40. April 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to win 🙂

  41. Tanya
    April 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win. I’m just starting with making and decorating cupcakes. These are lovely!

  42. stephanie miller
    April 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    i would love to win a copy of this book!!

  43. stephanie miller
    April 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  44. Patrice
    April 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I would like to win!

  45. Lisa
    April 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    When I grow up I want to be Amy Atlas! (hey so what if I’m over 40?!)

  46. Lynn Rosik
    April 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I hope I win. Have fun baking.

  47. Sandra Romero
    April 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win!!

  48. Julie G
    April 28, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to win!

  49. sonia melnyk
    April 28, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Love you site….Would love to win the beautiful book.

  50. Jinny McGowan
    April 28, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    The book looks great, would love to win!


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